"This is England's best ever one-day group".
India captain Virat Kohli has become well used to toasting wins over England in recent months but was happy to accept the tourists as worthy winners on this occasion.
In fact, Star India is charging Rs 3.5 lakh per 10 seconds for the premiere of MS Dhoni, while Ae Dil Hai Mushkil's asking rate is between Rs 3 - 3.5 lakh per spot. What either of them won't have is the assurance of Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin, who were rested for the T20s.
For India Parvez Rasool is an intriguing squad selection, the first player from the remote Kashmir Valley to play for India.
The second T20 worldwide between India and England takes place in Nagpur on Sunday. Despite not being "near their best", they could have whitewashed India 3-0 in the ODIs had they won clutch moments.
England were chasing under seven and half, and the good start had laid the platform for Root and Morgan to buy time in the middle. "They are pretty consistent; the areas that they are bowling are pretty good". Historically, England have had their share of woes against spin. "He is a guy with variation and is any day useful on a bare wicket".
However, Rahul's form slump in limited-overs cricket has brought the team under early pressure against England.
This win followed victory in the final one-day global in Kolkata on Sunday, which ended a sequence of six successive defeats against the host nation. Armed with a variety of reverse-sweeps and scoops, Buttler is plausibly England's most destructive ball-striker. In his 23 worldwide matches for Team India, the all-rounder has shown plenty of promise, but without consistency.More news: Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham are concerned about Erik Lamela's injury
Virat Kohli then said he had to open for the team's sake.
Suresh Raina found himself underneath it but was rapidly running out of space to work with.
The English side will once again bank on their top order, comprising Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan and Moeen Ali to post a competitive total on the board. They are still different but trying to compare the two? It is scheduled to be played at Green Park in Kanpur and starts at 4:30 pm IST.
England will host the Champions Trophy in June, and Morgan believes the series in India will help shape plans for the tournament.
His impact could continue after the tour is over too, as he questioned the potential value of England's players to Indian Premier League franchises.
"I haven't seen much of him but I have played 90mph before", he noted wryly when asked about the threat of Mills.
"They made it very hard for the Indian batsmen on a small ground". You could tell that they are playing more freely, which was evident in their body language.
In a format where many teams have gone in for explosive batsmen at the top, India strangely don't have one in the mould of David Warner or Chris Gayle.